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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Fall 2006

REE 385 • Empire/Nation/Identity in Modern Eastern Europe

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46485 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
MEZ 1.104

Course Description

Identity is central to the study of Eastern Europe. In a region where multi-ethnic empires left a legacy of intense cultural mixing, nationalism precipitated painful cultural untanglings in the modern era. With a focus on the territories of Habsburg and Ottoman empires, this course will look at the complex process of Empire dissolution and identity formations under and in the wake of empire. We will also look at the intersection of social identities such as peasant, worker and woman with national imperatives and categories, with a temporal focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Finally, we will explore the West European constructions of "Eastern Europe" and especially the Balkans as "Other" and the repercussions of this for local identity formation. This discussion and reading course should provide an introduction to some of the most important books and issues in the field.

Grading Policy

Grading will be on participation that is both expected and required (30%) and 13 (one amnesty) weekly short (2-4 page) response/review papers or one long (20-25 page) research paper (70% - broken down in the following way: proposal and bibliography - 5%, first draft 20%, final draft 40%, short presentation 5% - due dates below).


Larry Wolff, Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of Europe. Bozidar Jezernik, Wild Europe: The Balkans in the Gaze of Western Travelers. Maria Todorova, Imaging the Balkans. Alice Freifeld, Nationalism and the Crowd in Liberal Hungary. Hillel Kieval, Languages of Community: The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands. Keely Stauter-Halsted. The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914. Maureen Healy. Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in World War I. Gregor von Rezzori, Memoir of an Anti-Semite. Maria Bucur. Eugenics and Modernization in Interwar Romania. Jan Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland. Padriac Kenney, Rebuilding Poland: Workers and Communists, 1945-1950. Mary Neuburger. The Orient Within: Muslim Minorities and the Negotiation of Nationhood in Modern Bulgaria. Noel Malcom, A Short History of Bosnia. Slavenka Drakulic, They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial at the Hague.


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